Extra-curricular activities and learning beyond the classroom are very important to us. In addition to music, drama and sporting activities, there are over eighty clubs and societies offered by the school, providing opportunities for our pupils to try new ventures and learn from experience. Just a few are listed below.
The Archive Department is responsible for gathering together and cataloguing as many photographs, books and memorabilia, like canes, caps and dinner plates that we could find. The archive helps to promote interest in the school and its site, and provides wonderful material for exhibitions and possible publications. A small band of pupil helpers can take an active part in the work of the department once or twice a week at lunchtimes.
If you already know the Sicilian defence, or if you don't know a Rook from a Bishop but fancy finding out, then our Chess Club is the place to start. It's run for pupils of all ages with junior and senior teams playing regular matches against local schools. We have our own chess book collections because we want our players to find out all they can about this great game.
The Christian Union consists of pupils of all ages as well as members of staff who share a desire to learn more about the Christian Faith and who wish to take the opportunity of meeting to pray and enjoy fellowship. There is no membership list and those from any denomination or none, believers and enquirers, are all welcome. The group holds a weekly meeting on Thursdays. A parents' prayer group meets regularly after school.
Pupils from all years can join the Climbing Club which meets throughout the year. Regular use is made of our own wall and trips are organised to more specialised facilities in the local area.
This is your chance not only to speak your mind but also to learn the techniques of debate and public speaking that can help you tremendously in your career and general life. There is nothing like the confidence you gain from learning how to speak in front of an audience. When you have honed your skills at King's you could demonstrate your talents in national debating and public speaking contests, or enter our mock-Parliament competition.
We currently have two after school classes which take place on Wednesdays and Fridays. There is a beginners and an intermediate group. Pupils from all years are welcome and the emphasis is on communication and enjoyment. However, in 2017 some of our pupils will be proficient in all four language skills and will be able, if they wish to take their GCSE in Mandarin.
Model United Nations Society
The school Model United Nations society is a debating club open to students from all year groups. Its activities involve students engaging in role-play debates as delegates to the United Nations and in simulations of UN committees. We attend two to three conferences a year, typically at Cheadle Hulme School in October and Bath International Schools MUN at Kingswood School in March, as well as one other during the year. In our weekly meetings students research the countries they will be representing and the issues they will be discussing. They organise practice debates on these issues on a regular basis.
This is a very popular club with members using Lego Mindstorm kits to create robots that they programme to carry out a wide range of tasks. Members divide into teams and set each other increasingly difficult robotic challenges.
Currently aimed at the Upper and Lower Fourth (Years Seven and Eight) pupils, this club offers a wide range of fun practical activities in all three areas of science. This may include kitchen science such as the chemistry behind bread or toffee making, or getting the maximum amount of electricity from a fruit bowl. Making ancient Egyptian glue, jet propelled bottle boats, the chemistry of fireworks and making banjos have been particularly popular.
This is the magazine for, and produced by, the Upper and Lower Fourth (Year Seven and Year Eight) pupils, published six times a year. It is full of regulars, such as interviews with the staff, a fun section, reviews of school theatre productions, the latest movies, book releases, web sites and computer games, as well as special features on matters of special interest to the two year groups, like school trips and activities.
How does diving in the Shark Tank at Birmingham's Sea Life Centre or exploring the underwater coast off Scotland's Isle of Mull? Interesting? Then our Sub-Aqua Club, with its regular training sessions in our swimming pool can make those dreams come alive.
Young Enterprise is run for the Lower Sixth (Year Twelve) students and offers an excellent opportunity to get a taste for the business world, with pupils setting up and running their own small companies, often triumphing over hundreds of other schools' enterprises. King's has done very well in recent years with one company being awarded the Best Young Enterprise Company in the West Midlands Area Final.